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LGBTQ+ Pride series 'A Very Proud City' announced

The initiative is aimed at celebrating Pride Month with a series of events throughout Downtown Boston that are free and open to the public.

Mayor Michelle Wu, in partnership with the Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Men of Melanin Magic, today announce A "Very Proud City", an LGBTQ+ Pride series with events to take place throughout Downtown Boston. 

“I’m so excited to be in community and celebrate Pride this month,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “A Very Proud City series will center our LGBTQ+ residents, support local organizations and amplify events that highlight and serve our LGBTQ+ community. I’m grateful to all of our partners for working to ensure that we are celebrating our queer communities and I encourage everyone to stop by these events.”

“We are excited to welcome everyone back to Downtown Boston to celebrate Pride with our LGBTQ+ communities,” said Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion. “As we emerge out of the pandemic, this is a tremendous opportunity to join our queer residents in spreading joy, love, and acceptance to all within our city.”

“I have attended a few of Men of Melanin Magic events in the past and I am incredibly excited to partner with them this PRIDE to amplify queer joy and resilience in Downtown,” said Mariangely Solis Cervera, Chief of Equity & Inclusion. “Just yesterday, we kicked off PRIDE at City Hall with spoken word and drag performances. I can't wait to celebrate A Very Proud City this summer with such a talented group.”

“I’m excited to jumpstart this welcoming and inclusive initiative the day after we kicked off Pride Month at City Hall,” said Quincey J. Roberts, Sr., Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement. “A Very Proud City will serve as a place for community connection and joy for our residents while also supporting local LGBTQ+ organizations.”  

A Very Proud City is a key part of the City’s effort to celebrate Pride with gatherings throughout the entire month of June, highlighting connection, resilience, art, and joy for all Bostonians. With events located in Downtown Boston, A Very Proud City is also part of a concerted and intentional effort to re-open the city as part of Mayor Wu’s Boston Blooms series, welcoming back LGBTQ+ communities to Downtown. 

Beginning on June 8, A Very Proud City will take place every Wednesday in June. All of the events are open to the public and free of charge, with a wide range of activities for families and adults.
 

A Very Proud City Schedule:
 

BOP-ley Square – Wednesday, June 8

Location: Copley Square Park @ In Front of the Trinity Church Boston

560 Boylston St Boston, MA  02116 United States

Description: The Ultimate Tea Dance Block Party

Time: 5pm-8pm

District Q – Wednesday, June 15 

Location: Sam Adams Park at Faneuil Hall @ North st and Congress st.

1 Faneuil Hall Sq Boston MA 02109

Description: An eclectic Queer Marketplace

Time: 4pm-7pm

NetWerq  – Wednesday, June 15 

Location: Rooftop of Sam Adams Taproom

Description: A casual gathering for folks to meet and collaborate with other queer entrepreneurs, organizers, creators, and community members

Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm

DanceTown Crossing – Wednesday, June 22

Location: Downtown Crossing @ Summer Street and Washington Street

8 Summer St Boston, MA 02110 United States

Description: Dance Variety Show featuring local queer dance groups and drag performers

Time: 5pm-8pm

Pride Calling – Wednesday, June 29

Location: Boston Common @ the Parade Grounds

Description: Benefit Concert to establish a Mutual Aid Fund specific to helping queer people in need.

Time: 5pm-8pm 

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